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Te Tohu Paetahi - Now offered in Tauranga!

Te Tohu Paetahi, our total immersion Māori language programme, has paved the way for the revitalisation of our ancestral language and 2016 saw Te Tohu Paetahi programme celebrating its 25th birthday.

The focus of the programme is to provide students with a unique Māori language immersion pathway in which papers in te reo Māori are concentrated into the first year of their study programme.  The goal is to produce students who can fluently, competently and proficiently speak in te reo Māori.

You will learn in a safe and supportive environment from award winning lecturers.  Your class operates in a culturally rich context beginning and ending each day with karakia and you will be actively encouraged to apply your learnings outside of the classroom.  Marae noho (marae stays), hākinakina (sports) and kapa haka (cultural performance) provide further opportunities to develop not only your reo, but also the whānaungatanga (relationships) with your classmates.

The dynamic make up of the TTP class (from kaumatua to rangatahi, Māori and non-Māori) provides a unique whānau-based programme that past students have described as a "home away from home".  The friendships you make in TTP during your te reo jouney are life long ones.

The programme is made up of eight compulsory te reo Māori language acquisition papers (below), which begin at the introductory level moving through to the post-intermediate level. Each paper will be taught in a 4-5 week block period, with the goal that by the second paper english will be phased out completely and the intensive total immersion Māori language teaching and learning environment will begin. Students must successfully pass each paper to move to the next paper.

Students have the option of contributing the first year of Te Tohu Paetahi towards the Bachelor of Arts, a certificate, diploma or graduate diploma . Talk to the Faculty about pursuing any of these options.

Important note:

The first year of the programme is an intensive workload. Classes are held from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday with each day.  In 2019 Te Tohu Paetahi will run from 25 February - 11 October.

If you are interested in applying to the programme please contact the Faculty on 07 838 4737 or email tetohupaetahi@waikato.ac.nz. Alternatively, apply to enrol here.

2019 Papers, Dates and Fees

PaperPointsDates Tuition Fee*
MAORI111-19C 15 25 Feb - 29 March $750
MAORI112-19C 15 15 April - 10 May $750
MAORI211-19C 15 20 May - 14 June $750
MAORI212-19C 15 1 July - 26 July $750
MAORI311-19C155 Aug - 30 Aug$750
MAORI312-19C 15 16 Sept - 11 Oct $750
MAORI104-19C (NET)1525 Feb - 10 May$750
MAORI206-19C (NET) 15 20 May - 26 July $750

* Tuition Fee is indicative only.  Final fees TBC.